How to Start a Riot by Jonathan Storment: Book Review

How to Start a Riot Support Your Local Jesus Revolution by Jonathan Storment: Book Review

What should churches do? Should a church be a building just for prayer, worship and other spiritual practices? Or should a church make efforts to get involved in society by addressing social justice problems?

The role of what a church should do is addressed in Jonathan Storment’s new book, How to Start a Riot Support Your Local Jesus Revolution. Storment gives some examples of how the church and social justice can intersect. The book’s back cover is true to its suggestion that Acts will be covered in depth.

Storment uses some pop culture references to explain things and introduce some of the first Jesus-followers to today’s world. For example: “Kanye West, eat your heart out.” (page 77) and “George Clooney is a big fan.” (page 163). Storment’s fresh voice speaks in a very refreshing way that kept my attention.

However, what’s missing in How to Start a Riot is the action steps needed to support the Jesus Revolution. I was confused about what a Jesus revolution would look like instead of the routine churchgoing as Storment describes. It’s not for one person to judge the motives or heart of another person- only God knows the intentions of a person- so I was disappointed that Storment didn’t give a clear picture of what a “Jesus revolution” looks like and how that group would act as opposed to a group that is just attending church as a religious exercise.

It was also disappointing that, while Storment’s historical take on the book of Acts is wonderful, How to Start a Riot doesn’t provide a good connection to what the modern church is doing today. It was also very unclear why a “riot” needs to begin in the first place.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from ACU Press/Leafwood Publishers as part of their ACU Press Bookclub Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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